Clerk’s Corner – February 2020

During January representatives from Hoburne, the new owners of the Lyndhurst Park Hotel, visited our offices to give the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Planning Committee Chairman an outline of their proposals for the site.

Our Councillors were very encouraged by the draft plans they were shown.

At this stage it must be emphasised that these were only draft plans and Hoburne will now take their ideas to NFNPA Planning Department to ensure that they are meeting the criteria of the new Local Plan.

So far it would seem that they have gone out of their way to do everything possible to ensure that this entrance to our village will provide a vista that residents can be proud of and they are even going to try to keep the part of the hotel with the greatest architectural merit.

The trees will be preserved around the boundaries and a large area of open space created for everyone to enjoy.

There will be a line of small shops after a small break with the existing premises in the High Street and an eclectic mix of architecture encompassing one, two and three bedroom homes no larger than 100 square metres, together with some holiday apartments.

Obviously, there is a long way to go from the drawing board to the finished buildings but we do seem to be on the right track this time.

Our new Finance Officer Carole Gibbs began work in January and so I now have company in the office.

I will be reducing my hours of work from the beginning of March and Carole and I will be working together on Tuesdays.

The office will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10.00 am until 12.30 pm from the beginning of February.

If you cannot get in to see us during these times please ring and we will try to accommodate you at an alternate time.

We still have a few copies of the 2020 calendar available from the office at £3 each so please get in touch if you would like one.

We are already starting to plan next year’s calendar so please start to take some photographs ready for the competition which will be much earlier this year.

Again, if you would like to advertise with us a banner advertisement is £50 and lasts for the whole year.

Looking forward to May and the VE Day Commemoration I understand the Community Centre will be holding an event on the evening of 8 May with a touch of nostalgia focusing on life in the 1940s.

As far as the Parish Council goes, we are holding a magnificent Picnic on the Pitch event on Saturday 9 May, similar to the events of this sort we have organised in the past but, again, their will be a nostalgic flavour this time.

Councillors Chrissie Read and Barbara Preddy have been putting together some baking competitions using wartime recipes and these will be available shortly for the Bake Off enthusiasts among us to try out.

There are also other competitions planned and the aim, as always, is to have something for everyone so the whole village can become involved.

We also have ferret racing, the Lockerley Silver Band, Scottish Country Dancing, a falconry display, Morris dancers, a tug of war and much, much more.

I have not listed them all this month but there will be a lot more to follow.

We have a very enthusiastic Committee really working hard on the Saturday event and everyone is welcome to come along and take part.

Alternatively, you can help on the day.

We need volunteers for short periods of time (approximately one hour’s duration if we can get enough people) to come along and lend a hand.

After that you will be free to enjoy the day so please do come to our next meeting on Wednesday 26 February 2020 or get in touch with me.

Last but not least, we will be holding the Dog Show again this year with the emphasis being on FUN.

All dogs and well behaved owners are very welcome.

Angela Trend is also producing a lasting legacy in the form of a leaflet and walk about Lyndhurst in the two World Wars.

We are also very much hoping to draw in the shopkeepers with information on the High Street then and now and Angela already has a good deal of information.

However, more is needed so if you have any reminiscences you would like to share, either first hand or from memories of relatives no longer with us please get in touch with Angela (023 8028 2842/ or contact me and I will pass details on to her.

17 March is the date of our Annual Parish Meeting and this year we are combining it with our newly formed Pride of Lyndhurst Awards which are divided into four sections: The Community Spirit Award, The Youth Achievement Award, The Environmental Awareness Award and the Parish Champion.

The APM will be in a shorter form as a trial this year and we have changed the venue to The Crown Manor Hotel.

Everyone is welcome to attend and we would really value seeing as many residents come along as possible to help make this a special occasion when we show our appreciation for the unsung heroes in our midst.

The start time is 7.30 pm.

New Forest District Council is at present conducting a review regarding the number of Councillors who represent us.

They are looking to reduce from 60 to 48 District Councillors which might mean that Lyndhurst does not have its own Councillor but has to share with another parish.

It is important that you make a comment so please follow the link to have your say.

Rachel Higgins, Environmental Protection Team Manager at NFDC has emailed us regarding a meeting at to be held at Appletree Court relating to air quality and ways it could be improved.

The Chairman will be attending on our behalf.

Margaret Weston, Clerk to Lyndhurst Parish Council, 13 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BB (email:   When paying a visit to the office please note our opening hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm.

If you require disabled access please contact us in advance so that arrangements can be made to meet you elsewhere in the village.



Margaret Weston - Parish Clerk

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